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An Anniversary and A Marriage Made in Heaven…..Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt

September 30, 2012

Tomorrow is Mister H and my second wedding anniversary.

If I had a hat, I would surely have been clinging onto it because we’ve had one hell of a ride, if you think about it. Life is really quite an adventure, huh?

International jaunts in the guise of honeymoons, a seriously grown-up mortgage, a move from the urban cool, to the suburban un-so, watching our delightful little man grow from a baby into a boy, and of course, our darling baby girl joined us and three became four.

One hell of a couple of years, indeed.

In fact, if we continued this trajectory, with this speed, our heads may well implode by our tenth anniversary, which would be a shame as I’m looking forward to making it to the tin gift, as I’ve always wanted a genuine billy can.

Mister H and I broke up for a time in our early dating period….. Or to be more precise, Mister H broke up with me.
What an idiot.

When he realised he’d made a terrible fuck up faux pas, one of his wooing techniques was to whisk me away to Port Douglas for a weekend of romance. I was making him work pretty hard for the honey, but I relented in the case of a tropical, all-expenses paid, weekend away in Far North Queensland.

One morning, we were walking along the romantic, crocodile infested, waterfront when we happened across a stunning little, white weatherboard chapel amongst the palm trees.
It had stained glass windows, and housed maybe 50 people at a push, and I fell in love…..With the chapel, not Mister H. I was still cranky as hell at him.

I’m going to get married there one day, I murmured, all glassy eyed, but not thinking him.

Just someone special.

Anyhoo, fast forward 12 months or so and he did propose to marry…. And as you may have guessed I said –

‘Sure thing, Sugar Lips, let’s get hitched’

Sorta. That’s what I wished I said. That would have been cool, huh?
What I actually said was along the lines of –

‘You’re not just saying that because I’m up the duff, are you?’

I’d pushed that chapel incident far to the reaches of my mind, so imagine my surprise when I asked my Dutch husband-to-be, with friends and family all over the world, where he would like to get married?

Port Douglas. In a little chapel.

Someone special, indeed.

Strawberry is the fruit of love and they’re damned cheap and delicious at the moment. Each tasty, little, red gem is like pure sunshine on your tongue.
I can truly see why they’re the fruit of love…..and the food of love? Ice cream, of course.

‘Tis surely a marriage made in heaven?

I wanted to make a creamy, yummy, strawberry frozen yoghurt but every time I’ve used fruit in an ice cream it’s gone icy and poo.

I realised my favorite fruit ices were often delicious swirls of fruit that actually tasted more like jam than pureed fruit, so after a couple of experiments, I came up with this.
It’s easy, it’s healthy, and it tastes like love in a bowl.
This can be made either with an ice cream machine or without….something for everyone.

Yield – about a litre

You will need –

  • 300g fresh strawberries, hulled, and chopped
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 700g good quality Greek yoghurt

Throw your strawberries and sugar into a heavy based pan over a low heat on the stove. Cook down, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes or so until it’s quite jammy and strawberries look kind of clear and gummy.

Icecream machine –
Chuck your yoghurt into the machine and turn it on, stirring in all but 2 tablespoons of your strawberry mixture. Churn as per machine directions (about 15-20 minutes), then transfer into your freezer container. Dot your remaining strawberry mixture on the top and then swirl it through gently with a spoon.
Freeze for 3-4 hours until firm.

In freezer without machine –
Mix your yoghurt and all but 2 tablespoons of strawberry mixture in a bowl and place in the freezer. Every half an hour, remove from freezer and stir vigorously breaking up all of the ice around the edges and making it smooth again.
Repeat about 4 times until it’s almost a soft serve consistency.
Dollop your remaining strawberry mix around the top and then swirl through.
Freeze for a further 3-4 hours until firm.

This would work with almost any fruit by my guess. I can’t wait to try nectarine, and peach….oh, and mango.
I don’t generally give D Man store bought ice-cream yet, but he loves this and I have very little guilt giving it to him. There’s a bit of sugar, but whatevs… preservatives, no hidden nasties and sweet, sweet fruit of love.

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  • Reply thecookingchook September 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Happy Anniversary for tomorrow!!! Very cute story. I love hearing about that lightbulb moment you have when you realise ‘a’ person is ‘the’ person. And I’m a huge fan of frozen yoghurt, so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Do you think your method above would work for other fruit, such as mangoes, stone fruit etc?

    • Reply thecookingchook September 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Ha!!!! I just re-read your post and you mentioned that it would probably work for the other fruits I mentioned – boy look!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Definitely. I can’t wait for peaches and nectarines. I’d blanch and skin them first, then jam….. Yep, yum!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  • Reply Michelle September 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Happy Anniversary my beloved friend! I hope Mr H has something wonderful planned(and child free) to celebrate.Being so lucky to be invited to your special day at that special chapel with your special someone,it was a wonderful wedding one of the best Ive been to. Lots of fun to be had that day ( & that duet will always be firmly stuck in my head !!) xxxx.

  • Reply frugalfeeding September 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Congratulations! That frozen yoghurt looks wonderful!

  • Reply Sharon October 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Dan I can’t wait to give this a go but do you think you can get away with less sugar?
    Oh & big congrats to you & mr H on 2 down with at least 48 to go before you both drop off the twig. So I’d keep that hat firmly glued to my lovely head darlin’. Now I’m not sayin’ they’re all going to be as thrill packed as the last 2 but there’s no doubt there will be more challenges along the way. But you’ve weathered some rough storms & come out the other side a little shaken up but I’m sure you have or will both realise the only way you will navigate your way through whatever life challenges lay ahead will be a united front. My very best wishes to you & Mr H xx

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys October 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      You definitely could, especially if you used a less tart, more creamy yoghurt. My first try I used 1:1 like jam but it was way too much sugar. Life is a roller coaster, baby, and fun parks are always better with your best friend by your side. Xxx

      Sent from my iPhone

  • Reply Val October 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversay. Wow you guys have packed so much into that time but we have so many memories of that wonderful few days in PD and yes we loved that duet. Still laugh when we hear it. It was very special being inlcuded in one of the most precious times in your life xxxx

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys October 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I still laugh when it comes on the radio too!
      It was indeed special to all be away together.
      Wish we could do it all again….

  • Reply diannegray October 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations 🙂

    My twin cousins got married in that little church in Port Douglas (a double wedding!) It’s absolutely beautiful 🙂

    I love the frozen strawberry yoghurt!

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